Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stir-fried Asparagu and Scallops with Belacan

This is one of my favourite dish. I will always cook this, with or without seafood, whenever I can get the thick asparagus.  I just can't get the same kick with the thin Thai asparagus. 

I wished that the price for these asparagus is more affordable though. It's such an expensive dish to cook.

  • 6 Asparagus, skinned and sliced
  • 4 Scallops, sliced half
  • 2 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Shallot, sliced
  • 1 Chilli, seed and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon Belacan, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cooking Oil

How to do it:
  1. Saute garlic and shallot in oil till fragrant.
  2. Add in chilli, belacan and dried shrimp.
  3. Stir fry for about a minute.
  4. Add in scallops and stir-fry till almost cooked.
  5. Dished the scallops and set aside.
  6. In the same wok, add in asparagus and stir fry till the colour of the asparagus turned a dark shade of green or almost cooked. 
  7. Add in the previously cooked scallops. 
  8. Continue cooking till the scallops are cooked thoroughly.
  9. Add a pinch of salt to taste if necessary.
  10. Dish and serve immediately.

You may like to replace scallops with prawns

Simplfied Hot Plate Tofu

This is a cheat copycat version of the popular sizzling hot plate tofu from zhi char stall. It's a simple hot plate tofu using just a few ingredients that my kids eat.

You can add or replace the the vegetables used here to your preference.

  • 1 tube Egg Tofu, cut into thick pieces
  • 2 Fresh Shitake Mushroom, stalk removed and cut into smaller pieces
  • a handful Green Peas
  • a 1/4 Carrot, skinned and sliced
  • some diced Red Pepper for colour (optional)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1/3 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Stock or Water

How to do it:
  1. Dab dry egg tofu and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.
  2. Remove, drain from oil and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, blanched the carrot till it's slightly soften.
  4. Drain and set aside.
  5. Heat pan with a tablespoon oil.
  6. Saute garlic till fragrant but not brown.
  7. Add in the vegetables.
  8. Stir-fry for awhile.
  9. Add in the tofu.
  10. Add in the oyster sauce, sugar and stock.
  11. Stir-fry till the vegetables are cooked and stock is almost absorbed.
  12. Meanwhile, heat up a oiled pan or hot plate.
  13. Pour in the the beaten egg and swirl around to make sure the egg covers the whole pan.
  14. Pour in the cooked tofu and vegetable.
  15. Serve immediately.

  • If you are using hard vegetables such as baby corn, carrot, sweet peas, etc., you can either blanch them or stir fry them first before adding the rest of vegetables as they need a longer time to cook compared to the rest.
  • Turn off the heat before you crack the egg. If the pan or hot plate is heated well enough, there will be enough heat to continue cooking the egg. This way also prevents the egg from over-cooking before adding the tofu and vegetables.